Dear Mahoning Valley

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Join Thrive Mahoning Valley at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor, as we unveil the results of the Dear Mahoning Valley project with a gallery-style mixer.

Free to attend

We will share brief words about the project at 7:30pm

Catering by Prepped Wellness
Cookies by Heather’s Heavenly Treats.

Hosted by YSU’s Center for Working Class Studies.

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The Dear Mahoning Valley project is an effort to engage in community storytelling that was inspired by similar projects such as Steel Valley Voices and Dear Minnesota. The project allows residents who moved to, or through the Valley from elsewhere to submit their stories to be featured so that their voices can be amplified through any medium of their choosing. Thrive Mahoning Valley partnered with Lit Youngstown and the YSU Center for Working Class Studies to bring this project to life.

Dear Mahoning Valley will be a living project and future submission will gladly be accepted and incorporated into the online gallery on the organization’s website. If you are interested in participating in the future, reach out to Thrive Mahoning Valley by connecting on Facebook @ThriveMahoningValley or by email at You may also directly submit your letter by clicking the button below.